Consider each shape before you start to paint. What is the minimum amount of brush strokes needed to create the edge of the shape?
A circle? One or two strokes. Triangle? Three. Square. Uh, four. You get the idea. The five-pointed stars were done several ways. I cut both edges of each arm on some (ten strokes), tried five thick'n'thin strokes, and drew a star doodle: one stroke, five intersecting lines.
If your brush is too full to get a proper point, touch it on a sponge, tissue, or towel to remove excess paint before you start.